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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?

For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...

Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled

The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...

The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup

If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)

Are you becoming puzzled? We certainly are!

Negative Side Number 2: The very same email folder structure

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.

Problem No.3: An absolute lack of domain management interfaces

Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...

Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)

What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).

Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly

cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.

With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...